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HP vs AWS : An open source battle for two worlds | #OEForum

HP vs AWS : An open source battle for two worlds | #OEForum

The OpenStack Enterprise Forum, centered on deploying OpenStack in the next generation data center, took place on January 29, 2014 at Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. theCUBE co-hosts, John Furrier and Dave Vellante, sat down with William Franklin, Vice President of OpenStack & Technology Enablement and Cloud with Hewlett-Packard Company, discussing what makes OpenStack such a big focal point at this moment. Why support OpenStack?   "Why is the interest so high in OpenStack and what was the hardest question you received on stage?" asked Furrier. "I think the interest is so high because OpenStack is the fastest growing open source project in... more »
Apple's iWatch might have solar panels, wireless charging, and shake to charge technology

Apple's iWatch might have solar panels, wireless charging, and shake to charge technology

New rumors have surfaced about Apple's alleged iWatch, and if it's true, we could be in for something quite radical when it comes to mobile computing. Previous reports about the iWatch stated that the device will feature a curved touch sensor. Apple was recently awarded a patent for this design, which describes a technology that pertains to “depositing and patterning a conductive thin film on a flexible substrate to form at least one touch sensor pattern, while the flexible substrate is in a flat state.” Another feature said to be included in the iWatch comes from Apple’s acquisition of PrimeSense, a... more »
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The crowd roared at #SB48 + the commercials list

Missed all the ads during the SuperBowl?  Twitter put together a nice list of ads that can be viewed and voted on for favorites in something Twitter calls #adscrimmage. The notion of voting on the #hashtag? Very Crowdchat like. During the SuperBowl  the crowd roared more than 24.9 million times on Twitter.  These were tweets about the pregame, the game and the halftime show.  Hashtags were used in 57 percent of nationally-run Super Bowl ads, up from 50 percent in 2013 and setting a new record. Facebook was the social network most mentioned, though barely. It had only five mentions and... more »
OpenStack creates innovation for private clouds + competition | #OEForum

OpenStack creates innovation for private clouds + competition | #OEForum

John Furrier and Dave Vellante, theCUBE co-hosts, interviewed Chris Kemp, Founder of Nebula, at the OpenStack & Enterprise Forum in Mountain View, California. The event took place on January 29, focusing on deploying OpenStack in the Next Generation Data Center. After working for five years at NASA, Chris Kemp founded Nebula Inc. and co-founded OpenStack. Because of his extensive experience with cloud computing, open source and open government, Furrier sought his opinion on the enterprise cloud. "We have this homebrew computer club mentality going on right now," remarked Furrier. "But what is the big 'a-ha!' and what's really hot right now?" he... more »
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Collaboration tools central to business value of SaaS

One of the largest advantages offered by SaaS, IBM's new SaaS study found, is the increase in collaboration it can support both inside an organization and outside, with its supply chain partners. IBM’s collaboration tools, on the IBM Connections platform, including a new, sophisticated e-mail system announced at IBM Connect 2014 last week, chat, meetings, office productivity, and content capabilities, are among the most popular of its 100+ SaaS offerings running on SoftLayer, said Ramsy Prior, program director for IBM’s Social Business Cloud. In 2013 IBM was named the leading provider of enterprise social software for the fourth consecutive year... more »
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IBM survey shows close IT-LOB partnership produces maximum SaaS benefit

A newly released IBM global survey with 879 respondents shows that not only are companies of all sizes taking up SaaS, but that those with an overall cloud-computing strategy and a close partnership between IT and line-of-business (LOB) leaders get the maximum business advantage from the services they choose. While Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) has gotten the lion’s share of the industry press in the last few years, SaaS is a major part of the cloud market, with companies of all sizes using services. Gartner estimates that global spending on SaaS will reach $45.6 billion by 2017, with much of that bought... more »
'Flappy Bird' - You just HAVE to play this game...

'Flappy Bird' - You just HAVE to play this game...

Ever miss the good ol' days of gaming where your characters and the environment were really pixelated, but you bashed away at that lumpy controller for hours on end anyway, because you just couldn't get enough of stomping on turtles and rescuing maiden's kidnapped by mean old spiked-shelled turtles? Well, if you do find yourself yearning for those golden days of gaming, there’s a game on iTunes and Google Play that resembles the ambiance of that game, but be warned, this game is so addicting it’s insane! Flappy Bird doesn’t have anything like the same game play as Super Mario, it’s far... more »
Driverless cars? How about a self-driving convoy of military trucks

Driverless cars? How about a self-driving convoy of military trucks

Google might be the most famous innovator of automated cars, but it's not the only one 'driving' the concept forward. With unmanned aerial vehicles already a highly formidable and controversial part of its repertoire, the US military is now turning its attention to more 'peaceful' applications of drone technology, in the form of driverless trucks. The Autonomous Mobility Appliqué System (AMAS) program is the brainchild of defense industry contractor Lockheed Martin, which has just completed a series of advanced tests showing that fully autonomous convoys of trucks can operate in urban environments with a mish-mash of vehicle types. The tests saw... more »
OpenStack pioneer Chris Kemp says enterprise cloud headed for revolution | #OEForum

OpenStack pioneer Chris Kemp says enterprise cloud headed for revolution | #OEForum

Saving the best for last, theCUBE hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante wrapped up the recently concluded OpenStack Enterprise Forum with an in-depth discussion on the private cloud featuring Chris Kemp, an open source visionary who led the development of OpenStack as the CTO of NASA. He went on to found Nebula, a startup that develops appliances for managing scale-out environments. Hyperscale is growing beyond market boundaries as data volumes continue to grow at an unprecedented rate, impacting every segment from financial services to the entertainment industry, according to Kemp. The technologies pioneered by web-scale giants such as Facebook and Microsoft... more »
'ChewBacca' point-of-sale malware caught stealing credit card data

'ChewBacca' point-of-sale malware caught stealing credit card data

Hans Solo's best buddy looks like he's gone over to the Dark Side, with malware bearing the name “ChewBacca” having stolen data from more than 49,000 credit cards from 45 retailers in 11 different countries over the last two months. ChewBacca is said to be a 'point-of-sale' malware that infects credit card terminals, stealing data from people's cash cards and dumping them onto a server over the anonymous Tor network. The malware then uses regular expressions and other techniques to extract that data, and can also capture sensitive data via a generic 'keylogger', says security firm RSA, which first exposed the... more »

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- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.